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Software Commons vs. Product

One regular reader of this blog contacted me a few days ago to share a few suggestions and some concerns about the LibreOffice project. I did not agree with many of the points he was making, but a few of them made sense. I’d like to discuss the main one, …

Music players on Linux: choice or confusion?

Using Linux on the desktop on your computers will lead anyone to rely on a media or music player. A media player may not play movies (contrary to a movie player) but should be able to handle playlists, albums, and podcasts. What people quickly discover though is that the Linux …

Eyes & Ears – May Edition

Welcome to the May edition of Eyes & Ears! First let me apologize for the issues with the server that happened this week; a series of incidents happened but everything’s running back again, thanks to Daniel Memetic who’s been hosting this blog for quite a long number of years. Daniel …

Numbers & Names

When the Document Foundation announced its release policy, few people besides IT professionals understood why we were telling people about two distinct stable branches for LibreOffice. The truth is, not only do many FOSS projects share this kind of release policy, but software vendors producing proprietary software often have very …

Eyes and Ears – April Edition

Welcome to this new edition of Eyes and Ears. Today we’ll start with two books – it’s been a long time I have not updated my reading list. Books This book has been written by Laurent Liscia, current executive director of the OASIS Consortium (yes, the consortium where ODF is …

I like Plasma 5

Yes, you read that well. I’m a hardcore Gnome user since… 2002 and I don’t really to switch to KDE/Plasma just yet. However, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts concerning Plasma, the new name of the KDE desktop. Plasma 5 is the brand new KDE desktop, coming …

ODF in the age of Big Data

On the 25th of March 2015, my son was born and to me it is by far the most important event of the day. Yet the same day the Document Freedom Day was gathering people across the world to celebrate open standards for documents and spread the word against vendor …

LibreOffice – the Cloud edition

The announcement that was made jointly a week ago by Collabora and IceWarp as well as the one on the same topic shared by the Document Foundation is deeply important, both for the LibreOffice project and digital freedom in general. The short story goes like this: Key developers of the …

Introducing a new fork

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Today, on the 25th of March 2015, my wife and I have the pleasure to introduce a most beautiful and the most amazing fork to date. And when it comes to forks, you can trust me. Introducing Vallerand James Gerhard Schulz, our newborn son. May you possess strength, wisdom and …

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